Let me introduce you.
She's so bright and cheery! It was love at first sight. She came from the land of Lowes, and she's pre-lit! You have no idea how happy that one thing makes the hubs. I was planning to deck her out in metallics with lots of natural elements - think gold, silver, and bronze with branches from the yard and a few unfinished wood tags with words on them - joy, peace, noel. Yeah, clearly I didn't put a ton of a thought into it or anything. ;) Anyhow, the kiddies stepped in with a color intervention, and my metallic dreams went out the window. I love it though. Every color just pops against the white.
I had so much fun watching the kids hang the ornaments. I did have to rearrange a few after they went to bed. One branch isn't really made to hold 15 ornaments is it? I should have taken pictures before rearranging. Those pics would have been priceless!
I did get one part of my metallic dream with this gold chain garland.
It's actually cathedral chain from the hardware store.
What I love most about our tree are the ornaments that have a special meaning to us.
It's probably a safe bet that not many people have a Chinese food ornament on their tree. Our first date, the hubs proposal, and our wedding rehearsal dinner all happened at the same Chinese restaurant - Peking Dragon in Dana Point, CA - so yeah, I think it deserves a spot on our tree. ;)
Apart from the fact that I love silhouettes, this ornament is really special to me because it was hand cut by the same lady that did mine when I was a kid!
My mom bought me these fun ornament hooks, and I love the whimsy they add.
I decided to use a leopard throw for a tree skirt. It ties in with White Beauty's fedora and it makes me happy. They got bright colors - I got a leopard tree skirt- even steven. ;)
It looks best at night.
Don't you just love this time of year?
*Linking up at all the great tree parties! Come join the fun!